Game of Generals

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Game of the Generals
The Game of the Generals, also called Salpakan in Tagalog, and GG as it is most fondly called, or simply The Generals, is an educational wargame invented in the Philippines by Sofronio H. Pasola, Jr. in 1970. It can be played within twenty to thirty minutes. It is designed for two players, each controlling an army, and a neutral arbiter or an adjutant. It needs the use of logic. The game simulates armies at war trying to outflank and outmaneuver each other. As in actual warfare, the game allows only one side's plan to succeed. Certain strategies and tactics, however, allow both sides the chance of securing a better idea of the other's plan as the game progresses. Players can also speak with others during matches, hoping to make a false impression on where the flag is. History

This game was invented by Sofronio H. Pasola, Jr. with the inspiration of Ronnie Pasola (his son). The Pasolas first tried the Game of the Generals on a chessboard. Even then, the pieces had no particular arrangement. There were no spies in the experimental game; but after Ronnie Pasola remembered the James Bond movies and Mata Hari, he added the spies. Making the pieces hidden was the idea of the Pasolas after remembering card games. The Game of the Generals' public introduction was on February 28, 1973. Objective

The objective of the game is to eliminate or capture the flag of the opponent, or to maneuver one's flag to the other end of the board. The Pieces
The player's set of pieces or soldiers with the corresponding ranks and functions consist of the following 21 pieces. A higher ranking piece will eliminate any lower ranking piece, with the exception of the spy, which eliminates all pieces except the private. The pieces are bent at an angle in order to hide the piece's rank or insignia from the opponent. In plastic sets, the colours commonly used in the pieces are black and white. There are also sets composed of wooden boards and steel pieces. Those pieces have insignias that are either coloured red or blue. In metal sets, the color of the board is commonly brown and the pieces are aluminum colored. The pieces are still bent. Apart from the flag (the Philippine flag) and the spy (a pair of prying eyes), the insignias used in the game are those used in the Philippine Army.

PiecesNo. of PiecesFunction
Five-star General1Eliminates any lower ranking officer, the private, and the flag. Four-star General1Eliminates any lower ranking officer, the private, and the flag. Three-star General1Eliminates any lower ranking officer, the private, and the flag. Two-star General1Eliminates any lower ranking officer, the private, and the flag. One-star General1Eliminates any lower ranking officer, the private, and the flag. Colonel1Eliminates any lower ranking officer, the private, and the flag. Lt. Colonel1Eliminates any lower ranking officer, the private, and the flag. Major1Eliminates any lower ranking officer, the private, and the flag. Captain1Eliminates any lower ranking officer, the private, and the flag. 1st Lieutenant1Eliminates any lower ranking officer, the private, and the flag. 2nd Lieutenant1Eliminates the sergeant, the private, and the flag. Sergeant1Eliminates the private, and the flag.

Private6Eliminates the spy, and the flag.
Spy2Eliminates all officers from the rank of Sergeant up to 5-Star General & the flag. Flag1Eliminates the opposing flag as long as it takes the aggressive action against the enemy flag. NOTE:If both soldiers are of equal rank, both are eliminated. Challenging

A challenge is signaled by placing one's piece on top of the opposing piece occupying one of the squares. The arbiter then examines the ranks of the opposing pieces and removes the lower-ranked piece off the board and returns it to the owner regardless of who initiated the challenge. The arbiter must take care not to reveal the ranks of the pieces to the opposition. The game can also be...
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